A Quick Day Tour of San Francisco

With siblings and their families, we embarked on a day tour to San Francisco, California, USA towards the tail end of July 2016. It was a quick day tour with relatively little ground covered. We had but a glimpse of what Frisco had to offer. Here are the few spots we were able to visit:

Golden Gate Bridge

I have always been amazed by photos of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. So the first item on our itinerary was to visit San Francisco's most iconic landmark and the city's most photographed view. It was unfortunately too foggy when we got there and I realized quickly why they sometimes refer to the City by the Bay as Fog City.

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Nevertheless, we took some photographs from the San Francisco side of the bridge, explored the welcome center, and had to shop for some jacket because it was just too cold. The achiever in me took to the challenge to cross the 2.7 kilometer bridge on foot, which I did with my brother Nathan in less than a thirty minutes. 

Lone Sailor Monument

We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge from the city of San Francisco into Sausalito town in California's Marin county. The end point was a vista point plaza where there are restrooms and the highlight being the Lone Sailor Monument.

The Lone Sailor Monument was erected in honor of American sailors who served in the Navy, Coast Guard, and the merchant marine fleet. Many of these men and women sailed out through San Francisco Bay.

Battery Spencer

Wanting to get a better view of the Golden Gate Bridge, we went to another vista point at Battery Spencer, apparently the closest point one can get a good view of Golden Gate Bridge.

Battery Spencer in Sausalito, California, USA
Panorama shot of Battery Spencer in Sausalito, California, USA

Pier 39

After the visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, we headed to San Francisco's famed Pier 39.

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View of Pier 39 from an elevated pedestrian walkway

We had late lunch and had white clam chowder, red clam chowder, chicken tenders, and a shrimp basket at Chowders.

Clam chowder at San Francisco, California, USA
White clam chowder at Pier 39 in San Francisco, California, USA

After lunch, we went to sea a few sea lions at the docks.

Sealions at Pier 39 in San Francisco, California, USA
Visiting the seal colony at Pier 39 in San Francisco, California, USA

Off The Grid Food Truck Festival

Our San Francisco visit happened to be on a Friday so we capped the day by dropping for some snacks at the Off The Grid Food Truck Festival at Fort Mason. We found two (2) Filipino-inspired food trucks in the event. The Jeepney Guy served lechon belly while Señor Sisig was a fusion of Filipino, American, and Mexican cuisine with a tweaked pork sisig recipe as it's main dish. 

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Brothers Janus and Thadz document their travels around the United States and occasionally around the world.


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